Humanitarians will "never be able" to keep up with needs in South Sudan

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Kyung-wha Kang. UNMISS/Isaac Gideon

Humanitarian workers in South Sudan will "never be able" to keep up with the needs of displaced people in the country, according to a senior UN official.

More than 1.9 million people have fled their homes and over 100,000 people have sought refuge in UN bases as a result of the one year old conflict.

Millions more have fled into the bush and remain too fearful to return home or settle elsewhere.

The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Kyung-wha Kang, has just finished a three day visit to the country and spoke of the people she met.

"One woman said South Sudan is not what it was. And a boy of thirteen was there, taking care of his two brothers and three sisters, having lost both parents to the conflict. Humanitarians will work hard to continue helping the most vulnerable, but we will never be able to keep up, as the conflict continues to generate more people in need, more displacements."

Aid agencies are now planning humanitarian operations for next year.

They are urgently calling for US$600 million by February to fund those operations.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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